We all can remember that sound of the Ice Cream man coming down the street, you would see him pulling up and you start to think what should I get? With so many options to choose from which one will I have today?
These items to choice from are called Ice Cream Novelties and have been around since the 1920's. The first was invented by a high school Latin teacher from Onawa, Iowa, Christian Kent Nelson. Nelson also had a small confectionery store, and was inspired when a boy started to buy an ice cream but switched to a chocolate bar. Nelson inquired as to why he did not buy both, and the boy explained that he could only afford one. Nelson began to work in his home laboratory, and couldn’t get the chocolate to adhere to the ice cream until his friend Russell Stover advised him to add some cooking oil to the coating. The first 500 I-Scream Bars were a hit at the local village fireman’s picnic. The following year, in a production agreement with Russell Stover, the renamed Eskimo Pie was introduced.
The ice cream companies would sign deals with TV and Cartoon shows to make pops, bars, and cups using the likeness of some famous characters .
The Pink Panther Bar had gum ball eyes!!!
Ice Cream Novelties are still made today and are using the same idea make a ice cream version of a favorite character and someone would want to eat it..
Lets take a look at some Ice Cream Novelties from the past.. do you remember any of these??